Shaun Bythell

Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops

Online Event
Thu 24 Sep
17:00 UK
Free, ticketed

The internationally-bestselling Wigtown author introduces us to the latest instalment about his life as one of the booksellers in Scotland’s National Book Town. In twenty years behind the till in The Bookshop, Wigtown, Shaun Bythell has met pretty much every kind of customer there is – from the charming, erudite and deep-pocketed to the eccentric, flatulent and possibly larcenous. In Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops he distils the essence of his experience into a warm, witty and quirky taxonomy of the book-loving public. So, step inside to meet the crafty Antiquarian, the shy and retiring Erotica Browser and gormless yet strangely likeable shop assistant Student Hugo – along with much-loved bookseller favourites like the passionate Sci-Fi Fan, the voracious Railway Collector and the ever-elusive Perfect Customer.

All the ingredients for a gentle human comedy are here, as soothing as a bag of boiled sweets and just as tempting to dip into” – Literary Review.

About the author: Shaun Bythell has been running The Bookshop in Wigtown since 2001. His previous two books, The Diary of a Bookseller and Confessions of a Bookseller, are both international bestsellers and have been translated into over twenty languages, including Russian, Korean, and French.


In conversation with Lee Randall


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